Lotus is a beautiful game that grows into a unique work of art every time you play.
Clear your head and take in the quiet strength of the Lotus garden. It takes skillful care and nurturing to grow these flowers to their full potential, but once picked, they provide their owner with wisdom. Beware, for there are others who will do anything they can to get their hands on these mystical flowers. You’ll need to enlist the help of creatures native to this land to take control of the Lotus garden and achieve true enlightenment.
For those who might be unfamiliar with the game, Lotus is a hand management / area control card game in which you must help lotus flowers “grow to their full potential and pick them from the garden to harness their energy”. This is not as easy as it sounds as your opponents have also made their way the Lotus Garden and want these flowers for themselves. “By enlisting the help of Guardian Insects, you may just have the strength required to take control of the Lotus Garden and ultimately achieve true enlightenment.”
Players select a Guardian which will help them gain control of the Lotus Garden during the game. Petal cards are dealt to all players and on their turn, each player has a choice of several actions (can pick two or repeat one twice). They my play Petal cards to one of the flowers in the Lotus Garden, they may exchange Petal Cards or they can move one of their Guardians to any incomplete flower in the Lotus Garden in a bid to gain control of that flower (to earn either victory points or a game-changing special power token when the flower is completed). At the end of their turn they draw back up their hand and play passes to the next player. (There’s more to it, but those are the basics.)
Lotus will join Dire Wolf and Renegade, previous collaborations including the excellent digital adaptation of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and the Renegade Companion App which enhances a number of Renegade’s tabletop titles including their critically acclaimed Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, FUSE, Flatline and the original cardboard release of Lanterns: The Harvest Festival.
They will be previewing the Lotus app for the first this weekend at Denver Comic Con. The full release for iOS and Android phones and tablets will come later this Summer.
If you want to get an idea of how the game plays, check out the video below: